Economy

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June 30, 2003

Income, Spending Score Slight Expansion

Personal income and spending expanded modestly again in May at a pace that assures second quarter consumer spending will grow faster than in the last two weak quarters

June 24, 2003

Consumers Say Expectations Improved

Consumer confidence was steady in June, off only 0.1 from May to 83.5, according to The Conference Board

June 17, 2003

Figures Up for May Manufacturing

Manufacturing production increased 0.1% in May after declining 0.6% in both March and April.

June 12, 2003

Retail Sales Volume Rises Again in May

A fall in gas prices masked a 0.2% rise in May non-gas station retail sales, repeating what happened in April, said Jim Haughey, Newport Communications senior economist

June 6, 2003

Decline in Goods Shipments Due to Cheaper Oil

Non-durable goods manufacturing shipments fell 3.5% in April according to the Commerce Department

June 3, 2003

Manufacturing Activity Rises in May

The ISM index of manufacturing activity rose to 49.4 in May from 45.4 in April on the strength of monthly gains in orders, production and order backlogs, now all just over 50.

June 2, 2003

Truck Tonnage Index Shows 5.4% Rise

A preliminary look at the American Trucking Assns.’ (ATA) seasonally adjusted Truck Tonnage Index shows an increase to 153.0 -- or 5.4% -- in April 2003 compared with March 2003

May 30, 2003

Income, Spending Show Slight Improvement

The April income and consumption report from the Commerce Department shows only very slim improvement from March.

May 29, 2003

April Durable Goods Sales Lower

Durable goods shipments dropped 0.7% in April, orders declined 2.4% and inventories slipped 0.1%.

May 28, 2003

Consumers Return to Prewar Spending Habits

Tuesday economic reports confirmed that consumers will again be spending enough to provide modest growth and freight until investment and exports strengthen later this year,

May 23, 2003

Tax Cut Will Have Almost Immediate Benefits

The $330-billion tax approved Friday by Congress will almost immediately add some fiscal stimulus to the economy

May 19, 2003

Housing Starts Dip in April

April housing starts fell 6.8% to a 1.63 million annual rate, but the decline is not seen as a trend suggesting weakness

May 16, 2003

U.S. Factory Outputs Declines in April

Factory output fell 0.6% in April after declining 0.1% in each of the two previous months, according to the Federal Reserve Board

May 14, 2003

April Retail Sales Hold Gains

April retail sales held their big gain in March, so the spring quarter has begun with sales 1% above the winter quarter average, according to Jim Haughey, senior economist for Newport Communications.

May 7, 2003

SARS Having No Impact on U.S. Freight Volume

The amount of economic damage from the SARS virus cannot yet be fully measured because World Health Organization reports suggest that there are likely some contagious people not yet quarantined in several regions in China.

May 1, 2003

Manufacturing Index Slips Lower in April

Manufacturing activity declined marginally in April after a big drop in February, with the ISM index of manufacturing activity falling to 45.4 from 46.2 based on a survey of industrial buyers

April 30, 2003

Consumer Confidence Index Jumps 32% in April

The consumer confidence index from the monthly Conference Board survey increased to 81.0 in April from 61.4 in March.

April 29, 2003

Consumer Income, Spending Higher in March

Personal income gained 0.4% in March after a 0.2% rise in February, according to the Commerce Department

April 25, 2003

Durable Goods, Factory Orders, Shipments Rise in March

Manufacturers shipped 1.0% more durable goods in March than February and booked 2.0% more orders, according to a Commerce Department report.

April 23, 2003

Survey Claims Fleet-buying Outlook Strong

More than 75% of the fleets polled by CK Marketing & Communications this month, indicated that they plan to purchase both power units and trailer

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